Developers and City Leaders Celebrate New Downtown Development
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Developers and local leaders cut the ribbon at a historic spot along West Main St. Thursday.
The ceremony marked the completion of the $28 million Voters Block Community Development project that includes a 39-unit mixed use apartment building, the rehab of several nearby buildings and dozens of newly constructed homes in the surrounding neighborhood.
It also includes the new 1872 Cafe. The spot overlooks the site where Susan B. Anthony and 15 other women voted illegally in 1872.
"This had been a McDonald's and failed, if you can imagine that," said Rochester Mayor Tom Richards. "It is a neighborhood that has needed help for a while."
"If you build a house here, you help a family. If you build something like this you help a neighborhood. And this is big enough, varied enough and well done enough so it's going to have a real positive impact on the neighborhood.
Developers said the building at 431 West Main is already 100 percent full, with a waiting list of those hoping to move in.